Dental Bonding Services
Dental bonding is one of the most versatile and cost effective treatment option for the immediate restoration of:
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- Decayed teeth - to fill cavities
- Spaces between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Worn or shortened teeth
- Stained teeth
The procedure involves the use of an adhesive and a high-intensity curing light to attach/bond a tooth-colored resin material to the surface of the damaged or stained tooth.
At Great Grins Dental in Austin, the dentist may recommend tooth bonding for both functional purposes, like to eliminate tooth sensitivity caused by a broken or decayed tooth, and cosmetic purposes to enhance the appearance of chipped or discolored teeth.
What to Expect
Tooth bonding is a very fast procedure with minimal preparation time. Most patients don’t even require the use of anesthesia except when filling a decayed tooth. When Dr. Fossum determines that you are a good candidate for bonding, she will try to match the shade of your natural teeth to choose the composite resin color that closely matches that of your tooth.
Afterwards, she can perform one of two dental bonding procedures:
1. Direct composite bonding - Here, the dentist uses natural-looking composite material to repair cracks or chips, fill cavities, build up worn teeth, and close gaps between adjacent teeth. The material is applied directly to the tooth and sculpted to achieve the desired shape and size with no prior preparation to the tooth.
2. Adhesive bonding - Here, the dentist prepares the site by applying a mild phosphoric acid solution to roughen the area, applies a liquid bonding agent, places the tooth-colored resin and molds it into the desired shape, and then hardens it using a UV curing light. The shape and size is then adjusted accordingly.
Great Grins Dental Offers Dental Bonding in Austin
A consultation with Dr. Fossum at Great Grins Dental in Austin will determine whether dental bonding is the best approach for your problem, or perhaps you need to consider other cosmetic or restorative procedures for long-term results.